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[ANCHOR=Jean]

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Coming up on News 7-
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Beef- it is what's for dinner- the demand is up- what it'll do for the price.
Plus a new deal for workers at one area company.
And we'll check out one way many people locally are hoping to get rid of wrinkles- and stretch marks.
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[Talent=Jean]


Plus a Levi's recall.
News 7 is next.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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They've been without a contract for 18 months.
Tonight, union workers and Rubatex have an agreement.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good evening...

[Rubatex]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Rubatex workers in Bedford today got their first look at a new contract that could end the labor dispute there.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The Local 240 Union presented the information to its members at the union hall this afternoon.
No details have been released, but both sides agree they "gave in a little" on their demands.
Union workers went on strike in September, 1999 in a dispute over forced overtime, hourly wages and retiree benefits.
Rubatex's parent corporation-- R-B-X Incorporated-- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last December.
Officials say the union may ask the bankruptcy judge to look over the new contract before members vote on it.
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[USDA]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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The effort is on to keep foot and Mouth disease from making it to the United States.
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[SOT 17:06:35]
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[SUPER=04-Public Service Announcement;]
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[OUT Q=micro-organisms]
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[VO-NAT]


New public service announcements like this are making their way to the airwaves- its part of a campaign to warn travelers not to bring back plants or animals from overseas.
[Super=03-Dulles;]


Meanwhile people who are their way back in to the country from Europe are finding some different kinds of checks.
Foods were confiscated and soiled shoes disinfected-
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We Are extremely]

((DR. CRAIG REED/US.D.A: WE ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW QUICKLY AND RAPIDLY THIS VIRUS CAN SPREAD.. TWO, FOUR DAYS IT CAN BE ALL OVER THE PLACE. ))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Craig Reed/USDA;]
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[OUT Q=all over the place.]
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[Vo-Nat] The action comes one day after the U-S banned most meat imports from Europe.
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[Foot-Mouth]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=rca]
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A representative from Virginia Tech's College of Veterinary Medicine says the government is also calling on vet colleges to help protect against foot and mouth.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Jeffrey Douglas met with a U-S-D-A field veterinarian on Monday.
He says those in the industry are on the lookout for any warning signs that the disease has entered the U-S.
They are also being advised to actively inform the public about the virus- which affects cattle and swine.
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[Beef]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Despite overseas concerns and record high prices for beef- Americans are suddenly bullish on beef- and the prices are going up.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Schillaci/Butcher; :02]
[SUPER=01-J. D. Alexander/Nebraska Cattlemen's Assn.; :46]
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[OUT Q=hasn't stopped yet.]

((CHARLES SCHILLACI/BUTCHER: YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME CUSTOMERS WHO ARE GONNA COMPLAIN BECAUSE THE PRICE IS GONNA GO UP, SOME ARE GOING TO ACCEPT IT AND STILL BUY IT, BECAUSE THEY'RE ADDICTED TO BEEF.
And it appears they are more addicted than ever.
Analysts credit a strong economy- a high protein diet fad and savvy marketing by the beef industry for reversing the two decade decline.
In fact consumer demand for red meat is up more than six percent over the last two years-
to 66 pounds per person a year.
Since 1997, the number of high-end steakhouses has tripled-
But at a time when cattlemen should be making a killing they're instead wondering where's the beef- after s tough winter left their cattle skinny- 30 to fifty pounds underweight. JD ALEXANDER/NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION: WE STARTED OUT IN EARLY DECEMBER WITH A LOT OF COLD WEATHER, MOISTURE, RAIN, SLEET AND SNOW AND IT HASN'T STOPPED YET.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Don't expect prices to go down anytime soon- they'll most likely stay high, along with demand for beef.. for the next few years.

[Market]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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For the first time in five months, the Dow Jones industrials have closed under ten-thousand.
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[TAKE STOCKS PINNACLE FS]
The DOW dropped more than 300 points today.
NASDAQ lost another 43.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=HOLD]


Despite the bad news, a local professor says don't panic.... in fact, don't do anything.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Carroll Gentry is the chairman of the business division at Virginia Western Community College.
He says selling out now won't save you any money, but it may cost you.
Gentry offers a word of caution to future investors.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There are places where]

((CARROLL GENTRY/VIRGINIA WESTERN BUSINESS DIVISION: THERE ARE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE STOCK MARKET, THAT IS WHERE YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN A STOCK GOES DOWN 3 TO 5 PERCENT THEN START PANICKING. YOU CAN'T DO THAT. THE STOCK MARKET IS GAMBLING.))
[SUPER=01-Carroll Gentry/Virginia Western Business Div.]
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[OUT Q=market is gambling.]
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[VO-NAT]


If you are wary of the stark market, Gentry recommends CD's or treasury bills instead.
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[Danville-Phones]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Today's phone problems in the Danville area should soon be over.
Verizon said a damaged fiber optic line along U-S 29 caused the trouble.
The company expects to have the problem fixed by midnight.

[Hairston]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jha]
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Jury deliberations resume tomorrow in the trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend and her daughter.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/March 2000]

Michael Hairston is on trial for capital murder and first degree murder in the death of Evonne Hairston and her 16-year-old daughter Melveena. Defense attorneys conceded in their closing arguments that Hairston fired the gun... but said it was NOT premeditated.
PROSECUTORS though claim Hairston intentionally shot both the victims because at one point he allegedly left the home and returned with a gun.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[SS=HOLD]

Jurors deliberated for about an hour before calling it quits for the night. They'll start again tomorrow morning at 9.

[Combs]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jha]
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The future of Sean "Puffy" Combs now rests in the hands of 12 New Yorkers.
The night club shooting case against the rap mogul has gone to the jury.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]


Deliberations began today after six weeks of testimony and two hours of instructions from the judge.
Combs is charged with gun possession and bribery.
The rapper could get up to 15 years in prison.
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[Museums]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***] The next time you try to visit Roanoke's Center in the Square the doors could be locked. That's because Governor Jim Gilmore's newly balanced budget doesn't allot any money for local cultural orgnizations. The Centers's executive director says the result will be changes that effect the entire community . Shannon Young reports.
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[IN Q=Monday, Virginia's governor declared the state's budget crisis over.]
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((Monday, Virginia's governor declared the state's budget crisis over. But directors at Roanoke's Center in the Square are not relieved.
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[IN Q=WELL, I THINK THE GOVERNOR...]

((WELL, I THINK THE GOVERNOR PROBABLY THINKS THE CRISIS IS OVER FOR HIM AND MAYBE FOR THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. BUT FOR US THIS CRISIS IS JUST BEGINNING.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=CRISIS IS JUST BEGINNING.]

That's because the funds governor Gilmore found to make up a budget shortfall still don't include any monies for many local museums or other cultural organizations. The cuts leave many non-profits, from the Art Museum of Western Virginia to the Transportation Museum to Virginia's Explore Park, looking for ways to replace thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars.
If they can't, museum managers say the effects could be felt for years.
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[IN Q=IT'S GONNA HAVE A LONG TERM AFFECT ON THOSE KIDS...]

(( IT'S GONNA HAVE A LONG TERM EFFECT ON THOSE KIDS WHO MIGHT BE EXPOSED TO ART FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT MIGHT MAKE A REAL IMPRESSION ON THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=ON THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.]

The Center's board of directors has issued a plea to the community for donations. In the meantime, Sears is hopeful, if not optimistic, that lawmakers will eventually restore funding for the arts.
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[IN Q=I DO THINK THERE WILL BE A CENTER...]

((I DO THINK THERE WILL BE A CENTER IN THE SQUARE 10-YEARS FROM NOW. I'M HOPING THERE WILL BE A CENTER IN THE SQUARE 100 YEARS FROM NOW BECAUSE THE REGION NEEDS IT.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=THE REGION NEEDS IT.]

Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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As of this weekend nearly 2-dozen Center in the Square employees will lose their jobs. Hours of operation will be cut back - the Center will close on Mondays and will open later in the day the rest of the week.

[County-Investment]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Roanoke County has recovered a million dollar investment in a troubled California utility.
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The county invested in Pacific Gas and Electric before the recent power crisis sent the company's finances into a nosedive.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]


On Monday, Treasurer Fred Anderson told the Board of Supervisors the county has recovered the entire investment, along with interest of more than 55-hundred dollars.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
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If you have a young child who wears Levi's, stay tuned.
More on the company's recall next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll check out the latest way to keep your skin smooth and fresh, without over the counter products.
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[Sports-Preview]


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[OUT Q=....THE BIG 7"]
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office with everything from a mother of two getting a Cup ride to a rare home lacrosse loss for the Noke. We'll also meet an area man who has recorded a song honoring Earnhardt. Plus, Lefty throws a few verbal jabs, and we'll check in with the storied Bulldogs of Martinsville who back in the sta

te final four tonight on the Big 7.))[Levis-Recall]


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Levi Strauss and Company is recalling some baby clothing- for fear the snaps could fall off and choke a child.
The company says two consumers have complained but so far no reports of injuries.
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[TAKE PINNACLE FS]
The recalled items included 12 to 24 month Infant Jeans with Metal Inseam Snaps.
Also recalled- [TAKE NEXT PAGE]
Koveralls and Shortalls with metal inseam snaps in sizes Two to Four-T.
If you have any of these garments, take them away from children and [TAKE PHONE NUMBER] contact Levi's for a refund- and information on returns. The number to call is 1-800 USA LEVI.
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[I-73]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A decision on whether and where to build Interstate 73 could be made next month.
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[TAKE MAP HERE]
Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board saw all four alternative routes today for the 70-plus mile stretch from I-81 to the North Carolina line.
V-DOT has NOT yet picked a route to recommend.
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[SOT 16:40:47]
[IN Q=We still have to look]

((PATSY NAPIER/VDOT ENGINEER: WE STILL HAVE TO LOOK AT SOME COMMENTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE AGENCIES, AND FINALIZE THAT EFFORT, AND HERE AGAIN, THERE'S JUST A LOT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE AND WE NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE. IF WE HAVE TO TAKE AN EXTRA -- WE'D LIKE TO DO IT IN APRIL BECAUSE THIS DECISION HAS BEEN OUT THERE FOR A LONG TIME, BUT IF WE CAN'T DO IT IN APRIL, WE'LL CERTAINLY DO IT IN MAY.))
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[OUT Q=certainly do it in May.]
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The Board also got a summary of the 87-hundred public comments received in December and January.
The comments were almost evenly divided among building an interstate, just fixing Route 220 without the economic development advantage of an Interstate, and NOT building anything new at all.
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[Stolen-Fund]


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Donations are pouring in to help a little girl with leukemia -- after a burglar stole money from a fund set up for her.
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[VO-NAT]


5 year old Catie recently had a stem cell transplant at Duke Medical Center.
Her insurance alone costs 700 dollars a month.
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[SOT8:02:18]
[IN Q=Everybody's been wonderful trying ]

((RUDY COX/CATIE'S GRANDFATHER:EVERYBODYS BEEN WONDERFUL TRYING TO HELP OUT AND WE CAN USE ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET ))
[SUPER=01-Rudy Cox/Catie's Grandfather]
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[OUT Q=all the help we can get]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


The burglar broke into Kilmer Chiropractic on Brambleton Avenue last week --and stole 200 dollars from an envelope with money going towards Catie's fund.
But word of the burglary --has encouraged more people to give.
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[SOT8:08:04]
[IN Q=It has been overwhelming]

((DAVID KILMER/KILMER CHIROPRACTIC:IT HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING, THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, EVER SINCE PATIENTS HEARD THE CATIE'S FUND WAS STOLEN ))
[SUPER=01-David Kilmer/Kilmer Chiropractic]
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[OUT Q=fund was stolen]
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[VO-NAT]


Today, more than 13-hundred dollars was raised for Catie.
Kilmer Chiropractic is still accepting donations.
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[ARC-Campaign]


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It's been serving mentally handicapped residents of Lynchburg for almost thirty years.. now the ARC of Central Virginia says it's time to expand.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Officials figure it will cost them about a million dollars to build an 85- hundred square foot addition to their current facility.
The center currently provides day-time activities for 70 mentally retarded adults, but more people are waiting to be accepted.
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[SOT 13:43:00]
[IN Q=We've had an]

((TIM SHEPHERD/ARC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE'VE HAD AN INCREASE OF TWENTY PERCENT, JUST THE INDIVIDUALS WHO COME HERE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, JUST IN THE PAST YEAR, AND WE PROJECT THAT BY THE YEAR 2005, WE'LL HAVE NEARLY A FIFTY PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SERVED HERE AT THE CENTER.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Shepherd/ARC Executive Director]
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[OUT Q=here at the center.]
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Shepherd says they've already raised about a half million dollars.. they hope to break ground this summer.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[writer=chr]
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There's growing country music competition on the radio dial.
That's just one story still ahead on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And this jet landed safely, but that's not the story.
It landed at the wrong airport!
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[Plane-Mud]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=jja]
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Investigators are trying to figure out why a T-W-A jet carrying more than 100 people landed 17 miles from its destination.
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[VO-NAT 20:19:09]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co., CO]


Flight 6-4-1 left St. Louis bound for Hayden, Colorado, but instead it landed at antoher airport about 17 miles west at the Craig Moffett airport.
A wheel of the Boeing MD-80 got stuck in the mud- possibly because that airport is designed for much smaller planes.
Officials think the pilot may have mis-identified the airport where he was landing.
They say no problems were reported before the landing.
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[Micro-derm]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
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[**ANCHOR TAG**]
If over the counter products just aren't doing the trick to keep your skin looking smooth and fresh --there is an alternative called microderm-abrasion.
And it's available in our area.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has more.
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[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robyn Goodpasture/Spa VA; :17]
[SUPER=@Joy2; :47]
[SUPER=01-Valerie Means/Microdermabrasion Client; :52]
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[OUT Q=JS, News 7 , Salem.]
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((NAT SOT: NAT SOUND OF MACHINE))

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Valerie Means hopes to keep her skin looking young for years to come --and that's why she's getting microdermabrasion.

It's a painless procedure used to treat wrinkles scars, acne --and even out the skin tone.
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[SOT59:45]
[IN Q=Even stretch marks to a certain extent]

((ROBYN GOODPASTURE: EVEN STRETCH MARKS TO A CERTAIN EXTENT WE CAN REALLY DECREASE THE LOOK OF STRETCH MARKS BY BRINGING DOWN THE SKIN A LITTLE BIT)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=the skin a little bit]


The process involves sanding away the top layers of skin.
Robyn Goodpasture at Spa Virginia says several treatments are needed for best results. Here is a look at some before and after pictures.
Look at the difference it made for this woman with acne.
And for this customer who used it to treat wrinkles and fine lines.
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[NAT SOT20:42:17]
[IN Q=Because this is your first peel]

((NAT SOUND: BECAUSE THIS IS YOUR FIRST PEEL WE DO NOT WANT TO GO TO DEEP, WE WANT TO SEE HOW YOU RESPOND)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=how you respond.]


Valerie Means says after just one treatment she can tell the difference.
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[SOT20:57]
[IN Q=I just wanted to look fresher]

((VALERIE MEANS: I JUST WANTED TO LOOK FRESHER, NEWER, DUEY, AND I THINK THAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED THAT)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=she accomplished]


In fact, Means says her skin feels like velvet. Joy Sutton, News 7 Salem.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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At Spa Virginia the procedure costs 120 dollars and up per treatment.

[WREL]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[WRITER=dal]
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Country music fans in Roanoke and Lynchburg will soon have a new option on the radio dial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington;]


W-R-E-L in Lexington is increasing its signal from four thousand to 25-thousand watts.
The change has been in the making for the past seven years. It should be complete by the middle of April.
The Adelphia tower on Brown Mountain in Amherst County will allow W-R-E-L to send a strong signal into Lynchburg as well as parts of Roanoke.
The station has already opened a sales office in the Hill City.
A break out concert to celebrate the change is planned for this fall in Lynchburg.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-83 & Extra]
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - March Madness begins for not only the NCAA's but also for four area high school teams. We'll check out some Roanoke College Lacrosse action and meet a man who has penned a Nashville tribute to Earnhardt. But first in tonight's Extra point -
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[vo nat eng#]
[SUPER=75-Martinsville/1993;]

36 year old Shawna Robinson announced today that she will run six Cup events this year in a car owned by Michael Kranefuss. Shawna, who is married and a mother of two, will make her debut at California and also try to make the inaugural race in Chicago in July.
[SUPER=75-Chicago, IL;]

Speaking of the new Chicagoland track, Jeff Gordon was back in the Midwest today to help announce that Tropicana has signed on as the Race's primary sponsor for the next four years.
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[go to scores] [MOTION]
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[SUPER=0098-/UNC Wilmington/59/j/Dayton/68//NIT Opening Round//Soutern Miss./68/j/Miss. State/75//NIT Opening Round/;]


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[SUPER=0098-/Cal Irvine/71/j/Tulsa/75//NIT Opening Round/j/Detroit/68//Bradley/49//NIT Opening Round/;]
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[SUPER=0095-j/High Point/10//Virginia Tech/7////Liberty/0/j/Florida State/1////;]
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[S-Madness]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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[GRAPHIC=NCAA FINAL FOUR]


March Madness begins in the college ranks this afternoon unless you happen to be playing way out west. Lefty Driesell and his upstart Ga. State Panthers open the tournament in Boise, Idaho today against Wisconsin. The game tips off at 12:40pm eastern time - that's 10:40am Mountain time. Here's Lefty with more on that early start and his team which won 28 games.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I don't like...]
[SUPER=01-Lefty Driesell/Ga. State Head Coach; :07]
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[OUT Q=PRETTY GOOD, I THINK."]
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[S-NCAA]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=MEN'S FINAL FOUR]

Tuesday night Northwestern State beat Winthrop in the new play-in game of the NCAA tournament. Today the 64 team dance begins right here on Your Hometown Station.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON] After an abreviated News 7 at Noon, Kentucky takes on Holy Cross AT 12:10. Maryland and George Mason will follow at three here on WDBJ-7.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE THURSDAY NIGHT] Then tonight Duke takes on Monmouth at 7:30 followed by the Iowa State - Hampton game. Of course you also will get bonus look-in coverage of other games each day.
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[S-Ville]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Virginia High School League state basketball tournaments open today with its own brand of March Madness at the Vines Center at Liberty University. Among the participants is the all-time
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/1995;]

Group Two A kings - the Martinsville Bulldogs. The Dogs have won 10 state titles, with most of those coming under hall of fame coach Husky Hall. But this is the Dogs first trip to the final four under Hall's longtime assistant Troy Wells.
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[IN Q=BITE]
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[SUPER=04-AA State Quarterfinals; :15]
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[OUT Q=...FOR THEM."]
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE GROUP AA] The Martinsville-Brunswick game tips at 7 tomorrow night and will be followed up at 9 by the Heritage and Caroline Co. contest.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE GROUP AAA GIRLS] And tonight, the GW Danville girls take on Hampton in the Three-A semi-finals at 7. The Lady Eagles are still unbeaten.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE ]
The Radford Bobcats open play in the Group A semi finals tomorrow at 3pm at the Vines Center on the campus of Liberty University against George Mason. Council and Nandua open the event at one.
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When Radford tips it off in the Group A semi finals against George Mason tomorrow afternoon it will be the Bobcats first trip to the state tournament since the 1987-88 season - and the school's first as a single A member.
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[SUPER=03-Radford; :]


Head coach Rick Cormany has a team that's built around the experience and leadership of 4 seniors.
And while Cormany has coached several great teams as the Bobcats head coach this team is something special.
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[SUPER=01-Rick Cormany/Radford Head Coach; :]
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Roanoke College took on its old rival Cortland State yesterday afternoon at Alumni field in Salem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Roanoke vs Cortland St.; :]


The Dogs were out as the two division three powers faced it off yesterday afternoon.
The Red Dragons would add to their 1 goal lead when Rob McKeefrey finds a wide open Craig Degnan he scores the goal to make it 2 to nothing in the first period.
The Maroons would get on the score board with 2 quick goals in the closing seconds of the first period. Colin Burke's goal with 50 seconds left made it 2 to 1.
Then 36 second's later Roanoke's Bart Rommel makes the nice pass to Mike Jones he scores the goal to tie it at 2 to 2 to end the first period.
[SUPER=34-Roanoke #14/6/Cortland St. #13/10;]


The Red Dragons took a 3 to 2 lead then Andrew Hyatt passes to Degnan from behind the net he scores five times yesterday as Cortland knocks off Roanoke 10-to-6.
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A local musician has created a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt with his musical talents.
Denise Allen has more on the song that proves that "3" is not a crowd.
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[SUPER=01-John Sines, Jr./Country Recording Artist; :18]
[SUPER=03-Lexington; :27]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Allen/Music Producer; :45]
[SUPER=@Denise2; :57]
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The Black #3 is John Sines Junior's way of dealing with Dale Earnhardt's shocking death.


The NASCAR fan and Madison Heights resident wrote the song the day after the fatal Daytona race.
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The song made Nashville music executives stand at attention.
Production was finished in seven days. This week, just three weeks after it was written, it was released to major radio stations around the country.
Producer Bruce Allen says the song has a purpose.
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[OUT Q=drop to their knees]
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The number three has been influential throughout this process. Production was finished on March third, the third day of the third month.
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[OUT Q=I wrote the song]


John says the song will be added to his current CD, "John Sines Junior." And it hits the stores in about four weeks.
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Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
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To find out more about the Black #3's availability you can link to John's home page through the Webwatch section of

WDBJ 7 dot com.
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